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A Season’s Change… part 2

Tea brewing: Peppermint/Women’s Herbal combo (Ahhhh… )

Hello dear Sis.  It’s been far too long since I’ve talked with you last.  As I look sit and ponder the changing of the seasons, I’ve realized that so much has happened.  So many things I must tell you about.  But first, I am very happy to see that my suggestions for your weekday blues made you feel much better!  I’d like to think that sitting by a window recharges one’s batteries, providing enough power to make it out of the horrible “rut of blues.”    I think your day ended up being wonderfully productive, as well.  And a big MMMMMMmmmmm….. on the delicious apple bread!  Those pictures make me want to head for the kitchen and start cooking, even if it is late.

On that note I suppose I could start to catch you up with all the happenings out my way.  My mom, nieces, and I went for our yearly apple orchard outing this past weekend.  Although, it was a lot of fun, sadly the orchard lost over 70% of its crop this year.  The orchard did an amazing job of recovering from the devastation.  By joining together with several other orchards, our go-to apple picking spot was able to stay open!  There were signs all over saying, “It’s raining apples!” For most of the day we were all confused.  “What are they talking about?”  It was only when we went out for a tractor ride among the trees, that we finally got the slogan.  Throughout the entire orchard, in every tree, was a “gutter” full of apples!  The owners of CL wanted to make sure that they didn’t just stay open, but were still able to provide a traditional family experience.  Over 3 miles of gutters were put in just for this cute little idea, too!  On the good side, it did make things a bit easier, for example no more apples out of reach at the tops of trees.  The workers had already picked them for everyone.  All the little children still got to go on the tractor ride, “pick” apples, and muck around in the raining weather wearing their cute galoshes!  Squee!  As always, we wait all year for the wonderful, hot, delicious apple cinnamon donuts that the orchard makes.  We came prepared, too, this year, with milk in hand.  I wish you could have seen the girls all bundled up, goofing around, and having fun!  I thought about getting you some apples while we were there, but given where you live, I think you have plenty 😉

Oh, and our little C got to come over and spend the night with the girls, too!  All of us, my mom included mind you, played Rock Band!  It was hilarious and fun and all around amazing.  We all took a field trip to 3 Game Stops that day getting an instrument and used games that were severely cheap!  I mean a game or .89, cheap!  After I don’t know how many updates, passwords, usernames, and Lord knows what else, we got back up online and had fun “rocking out.”  Did I mention the new instrument was a keyboard?  Now that was funny to see!!

I thought of you and ArmyC the other day, as well!  Why?  Well, I made my favorite soup to make in the Autumn and I thought of you.  But before that, I tried a new sushi and thought of Chris.  Hehe  I forgot to take a picture of the sushi right away, so I hope you won’t mind that a couple of pieces are missing 😀

The soup is called “Autumn Greens Soup”, and is basically all the in season greens with a potato and chicken stock.  However, there’s some chili flakes for unexpected, but not overwhelming, heat.  Little C came over a week later and really wanted to learn to cook.  So, she learned how to make this soup and had quite a time doing so!  Here’s a photo for you (don’t forget to scratch and sniff!).

On my way home today, I ran into MamaB and Babymama at the store.  Our sis cut off all her hair, and I barely recognized her!  I got to see pictures of our little nephew, and he is so adorable.  Definitely looks like his mommy, and eats Oreos like his mommy!

As always, I’ve been yarning away.  Just last week I sent out four packages for birthdays and a swap!  Whooo!  Now, I’m on to a shawl, a neck warmer, and who knows what else.  With the holidays right around the corner, I am desperately trying to keep my head down and focused on what needs to get made.  For the most part I believe I have 90% of the brainstorming and supplies gathering complete, it is the last 10% that is proving to be a bit buggy.  I’m either over inspired or not nearly enough so.  On a happier note, I am very excited, though, for our tea swap!  Too excited probably!  Naw… one can never be too excited for tea or a swap!!!

Oh, dear!  It’s gotten rather late on me tonight!  I best be off soon, for I have an early day tomorrow!  But before I go, I must tell you two things:

First, we have a new family member here at the green cottage, a four-legged one.  We affectionately call him Zeus, and he is the cutest little rolley-polley of a bulldog I’ve seen in some time!  Say hi Auntie M!

The second is that Buffalo says “Hi!”  and that he misses you!

Well, I lied.  There’s a third thing.  I love you and miss you terribly, Sis!

All the love in the world and speak with you soon, Li’l M <3.

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Parking Only!

Dear Sis,

I had a wonderful time on vacation, but am very glad to be back as well.  I only wish ArmyC could have stayed.  I can’t complain too much, though.  It’s the longest he’s been allowed to stay since even before our wedding.

We really had an awesome time in CA with the MIL and FIL, but we were so into the moment we took absolutely no photos.  That’s right, none.  Can you believe it??  I don’t even think the MIL & FIL took any!

Okay, wait, that’s not strictly true.  I took a few photos, but all one the one day we went to hang out with our mutual friend, we’ll call him LawSchoolC.  LawSchoolC asked us to pick an ethnicity and he’d pick a restaurant for lunch.  At first I picked Polish just to throw him off, but when he seriously wanted to drive an hour away to get lunch, I had to come up with a better option.  I offered up “What about the Pho restaurant?”  I think it’s Indian?  He agreed and LawSchoolC, ArmyC, & I drove off toward the Pho place we know.  It was closed.  So we decided to try Vietnamese.  And this place was open!  But before we could go in, we had to park… and there was a very umm… interesting sign in the parking lot.

We were confused.

We ended up parking elsewhere in the parking lot… but seriously?   What does this even mean?  What else would one do in a parking space besides park?  We didn’t want the fine, though, so we stayed clear of this spot.

They had really great lamb curry, which I did not photograph, and coconut juice served straight from the coconut.  I very much dislike coconut, but both LawSchoolC and ArmyC were quite thrilled with this idea and ordered some.

Afterwards, we drove to a nearby coffee shop which I cannot remember, ordered some coffee and took a walk along the ocean.

I would make a terrible news reporter, no?  I can’t remember where we went or to take photos lol.  Oh well!  I really had a great time w/ArmyC.  I miss him terribly & it was so nice to see him for longer than 10 days where I had to share him some of those days and spend 2 in the airport.

We must get together for some tea and yarnning soon.  Must! 🙂

❤ K

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PS – We keep referring to my husband as C, Big C, & I think maybe something else.  I think we need to streamline this!  At first I thought C was good enough, but we know SO MANY C’s!  And I don’t know about “Big C”… makes me think of a bouncer for a club or something.  HusbandC only works for me… What about we use ArmyC?  It will work for both of us.

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Sunshiney Winter Days

Dear Sis,

It’s been a while since I wrote you a letter.  It’s a beautiful day today!  And the pups are enjoying it tremendously. They love to soak up the sun.  The other day (also a sunshiney wintery day), Rocket decided his nap place of choice was my desk chair.

Today, both he and Jade are enjoying a large spot of sun on the bed!

So much has happened lately with the accident, it’s nice to resume “regular” days.  Today is my regular Monday… a free day for me.  No volunteering… time to catch up on things of the hooky nature, as well as do my bible study and plan my lesson for Tuesday evening classes… and time to catch up here.

Yesterday our little sister visited here with our new nephew.  He’s adorable at 3 weeks old!  But you know that… Here I am holding a puppy:

Just kidding!  That’s the little guy 🙂  I didn’t realize that’s what it looked like over my shoulder.  Everyone was chasing me down laughing as I carried him out of the room, and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with them!  Haha.  Mom snapped the pic and showed me.  Okay, I’ll admit… that’s pretty funny.

I also received a thank you note for our Angry Birds work.  Totally did not expect that!  I’m so glad we could use our gifts to help 🙂

Isn’t that the most beautiful stationary?  I might be biased… my love of pink & simple clouds my vision…

Anyway, I hope you’re recovering well.  I’ve been up to lots of good hooky while recovering… I’ll share with you soon 🙂

❤ K

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